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Business Briefs | December 13, 2018 - January 9, 2019

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Correction: It was originally reported that the owners of the Old Post Office Cafe plan have decided to sell the cafe, but they have clarified that this won't happen for at least a couple of years. The cafe will continue its operations in the mean time. Moonshine regrets the error.

Vail Announces Wind Energy Contract and Plastic Use Plan

NORTHSTAR

Vail Resorts announced on Nov. 13 a long-term wind energy contract to purchase the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 100 percent of its estimated North American operations by 2020. Additionally, the company announced a partnership with Eco-Products to supply all of its North American restaurants with compostable and recycled-content items and eliminate conventional single-use plastics, a process which will begin during the 2018/19 winter season. These announcements will apply to Vail’s three Tahoe-based holdings: Heavenly Mountain, Northstar California, and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts. Achieving zero net emissions by 2030 is one pillar within the company’s Commitment to Zero sustainability goal, announced by Vail Resorts in 2017. Another pillar is to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030.


Free Shuttle Begins in Squaw Alpine

OLYMPIC VALLEY

The new nonprofit Squaw Alpine Transit Company (SATCo) announced that Mountaineer, a new on-demand transit service, began operating in Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows as of Dec. 1. The shuttle will be powered by Downtowner, an app-based microtransit service, and available to residents and guests in Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows for in-valley transit at no cost. To catch a ride, simply download the Mountaineer app. Mountaineer will operate on-demand seven days per week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Squaw Valley and Saturdays and Sundays in Alpine Meadows from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through April 30, 2019. Seven dog-friendly, 10-person, four-wheel drive Sprinter-type vans equipped with ski and snowboard racks, and two ADA vehicles of similar capacity will be used.


New Fitness Studio Opens

TAHOE CITY

Located downtown, new studio Tahoe Fit will be hosting a grand opening party featuring celebratory bubbly and snacks on Dec. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tahoe Fit is officially open for classes on Monday, Dec. 17. Tahoe Fit is the brainchild of local fitness instructor Katie Martin whose upbeat teaching style has garnered a legion of faithful followers at Tahoe Body Loft in Tahoe City, and Performance Training Center in Truckee. Featuring motivating, high-energy playlists, Martin’s group fitness classes offer equal opportunities for a wide range of fitness levels and ages. The 1,000-square-foot studio’s classes utilize equipment ranging from battle ropes and TRX suspension trainers to dumbbells and BOSU balls. Info: betahoefit.com


Alpenglow Mountain Festival Registration Opens

TAHOE CITY

Registration for the sixth annual Alpenglow Mountain Festival, presented by Outdoor Research and DPS Skis, opens Dec. 17. With over 80 individual events from Feb. 16 to 24, 2019, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival is the premier mountain lifestyle event in North America. Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, Alpenglow Mountain Festival showcases some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer — backcountry skiing and splitboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, natural history, yoga, live music, educational workshops, social gatherings, and more. Info: alpenglowsports.com/mountainfestival


Local Baker Rises to TV Fame

TAHOE CITY

Amanda Nguyen, a local baker from Tahoe City, appeared on ABC’s The Great American Baking Show, based on the hit series The Great British Bake Off judged by Paul Hollywood. To prepare, Nguyen recruited her local North Tahoe fire station for tastings. She describes her recipes as simple, old-fashioned classics. “Recipes like pecan pie and coffee cake are passed down, and Bake Off provided a fantastic way to pass along those family traditions to my sons in an easy-to-follow format,” she said. The show began airing on Thursdays starting Dec. 6 and at bakealong.com where Nguyen will release detailed videos of each show bake.


A rough fall for breakfast lovers, but a few silver linings… 


The Log Cabin Cafe Closes

KINGS BEACH
 
Some of the best eggs benedict you’ve ever had are now off the menu. The Log Cabin Cafe in Kings Beach closed for good this fall. “Ours was just the end of a run, we’ve done it for 38 years,” said Carmine Bove, who owned the restaurant with his wife Joyce. Carmine said the age of the building, the wear and tear, and the difficulty of staffing the restaurant all told him and his wife it was time to move on. He said they plan to perhaps lease the building for retail purposes, and are currently looking to maintain the ice cream side of the restaurant during the summer months.

The Wildflower Cafe Closes

INCLINE VILLAGE
 
After more than 30 years of delivering breakfast to the people of Incline, the Wildflower Cafe closed its doors on Oct. 12. Owners Ellen and George Toto said the decision was one they had been deliberating for a while, but finally decided on following a disagreement with the current property owner about the terms of their lease.
 

Cornerstone Bakery Opens

TRUCKEE
 
Cornerstone Bakery opened only a few days before this past Thanksgiving, just in time to squeeze in some orders for fresh pies. Located on West River Street, they have a wide variety of tasty pastries such as apple galettes and decadent cheesecakes. Their head baker, Jennifer Smart, worked as a pastry chef at Martis camp for six years before opening the bakery to pursue her own recipes. Special orders welcome. Try their new croissant sandwich for lunch or the gluten-free options rolling out regularly. Info: (530) 563-5322
 

Tomaatos is Now Fumo Wood Fired Eatery

INCLINE VILLAGE
 
It may not be your typical breakfast place, but what was once Tomaato’s in Incline is now Fumo, and it serves brunch Thursday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Italian restaurant includes classic breakfast menu items such as eggs benedict and biscuits and gravy, as well as some special takes like the DP Ski and Fumo burger with a fried egg, dijonnaise, and arugula. Info: fumotahoe.com
 
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